2005N-0354 Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing
FDA Comment Number : EC137
Submitter : Ms. R Lorenzen Date & Time: 12/07/2005 06:12:58
Organization : Ms. R Lorenzen
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
I have found it bewildering to notice that the drug companies are advertising to us, the general public, when we are not health professionals and cannot and should not diagnose (and prescribe for) our own conditions. I often wondered who opened the flood gate to let the drug companies advertise directly to consumers. What do the doctors think when patients come in and tell them (the doctors) that he or she (the patient) has disease ______ and needs to be prescribed drug ________? The lazy or greedy physician would merely agree, prescribe and collect. The physician with integrity would suggest he do tests and make his own diagnosis -- but don't you think there might be a slight uphill battle with the patient who is already convinced he/she has a specific disease? What favors do the drug companies think they are providing to doctors or patients? It can't really be anything but favors to the drug companies themselves. I think advertising drugs directly to consumers is a wrong target and can only lead to wrong prescriptions and mis-health of consumers.